Postdoc Fellowship, dendrochronology - Trebon, Czech Republic

A postdoctoral position is available at the dendrochronological laboratory at the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic.


Duration: From 1 February 2020 (or later if needed) until 31 December 2022.


The dendrochronological laboratory of the Institute of Botany, CAS, seeks qualified applicants for a nearly three-year postdoctoral fellowship on a funded grant project dealing with "Large-scale reconstruction of long-term changes in tropical cyclone activity and their impact on forest ecosystems".

This topic is already well established in the laboratory, especially the research focused on East Asia and history of tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.

The new project aims to use current knowledge and focus also on Northwest Atlantic Ocean tropical cyclone activity and thus cover both main ocean basins at the North Hemisphere.


CAS is looking for an ambitious and highly motivated person with a profile in dendrochronology, forest ecology, climatology, geography or ecosystem modeling.

The selected candidate is expected to: 1) participate in the fieldwork, 2) work independently and also function effectively in a team setting, 3) independently manage data analyses and writing scientific articles, and 4) meet publication deadlines.

It is important that the candidate is fluent in English and has an excellent ability to formulate herself/himself both orally and in writing.

Skills in computer programming (e.g. in R), statistics (with focus on temporal analysis) and/or GIS will be valued during the evaluation process.

Teams and location

The selected applicant will be based at the Institute of Botany of CAS in Trebon, Czech Republic, which has a modern and very well equipped dendrochronology laboratory.

The selected applicant will be part of an established international research department (currently including researchers from USA, France, Mexico, Italy, Hungary, Germany and Brazil).

Next to this, project leader Jan Altman has established an extensive global network of co-operators (including dendrochronologists, climatologists, ecologists, botanists, foresters or geographers) within past years and the selected candidate will have an opportunity to be part of this network.

There are technical staff as part of the project that will perform most of the laboratory analyses. Thus, the selected applicant will have a unique opportunity to concentrate on data analysis and publishing to build very strong scientific records for the next career steps.


Applications close 10 December 2019 or until the position is filled.

Applicants need to send a structured CV, contacts of two referees, and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4) stating their previous work, qualification and motivation to Jan Altman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Use "TC Postdoc Position" in the subject line.

Further infomation

Any questions should be sent to the same email address.